The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has been investigating advanced technologies in computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence to improve mobility and navigation of travelers with vision impairment. Mohammed Yousuf, a research engineer with the FHWA Office of Operations R&D and the technical point of contact for an EAR Program-sponsored research project, will be presenting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference scheduled for March 7-16, 2014, in Austin, TX. Yousuf will be one of the presenters for a session on “Gaining Vision the Robotic Way.” This session will explore the opportunities associated with advances in sensing and vision-free interfaces and robotic technology for route planning and guidance. Experts from government, academia, and the private sector will discuss emerging trends in transportation and technology, and look for ways to collaboratively work to further the research. Further details about the session are available at http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP21294.
FHWA scheduled a web conference on Thursday, February 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm eastern to make U.S. entities aware of and prepare them for seeking partners for the Infravation Program. Infravation is Infrastructure plus Innovation. The objective of the Program is to increase opportunity for exploiting and accelerating the update of novel materials and new technologies for the design, construction and life-cycle operation of highway infrastructure. For more information, please go to http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/resources/infravation.cfm.
FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program and Office of Infrastructure R&D supported a Workshop on Corrosion Management for Sustainable Bridges to provide input to a strategic plan and roadmap to guide FHWA’s research for enhanced Corrosion Management for Sustainable Bridges. Subject matter experts from relevant areas including corrosion, structural engineering, reliability and performance assessment, materials, construction/rehabilitation and inspection/monitoring determined technological needs and research to address these needs. The University of Akron’s National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance along with FHWA’s EAR Program cosponsored the workshop as a 2½-day workshop from December 10-12, 2013, at The University of Akron in Akron, OH. The workshop attendees addressed various types of bridges, such as reinforced concrete, steel, and pre-stressed concrete and post-tensioned and pre-tensioned bridges. They discussed topics regarding models for degradation processes and forecasting; models for systems health monitoring, performance assessment, and service life; design, preservation, rehabilitation, and reconstruction; coatings and materials; inspection and monitoring, nondestructive evaluation and nondestructive testing and sensors; and cathodic protection and electrical methods. For more information on the EAR Program, please contact David Kuehn, 202-493-3414, email@example.com; for more information on the workshop, contact Lou Triandafilou, 202-493-3059, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EAR Program supported a workshop for the Office of Freight Management and Operations and Office of Planning titled “National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research.” The workshop took place on December 11, 2013 in Washington, DC at National Academies of Sciences’ Keck Center. Invited participants discussed the state of the art, primary gaps in current capabilities, and strategies for addressing these gaps, particularly in the areas of a multi-modal freight networks, freight demand modeling, and origin-destination data disaggregation. At the conclusion of this workshop, FHWA identified a set of topics that could be incorporated into future EAR Program solicitations, and ultimately inform the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) version 4, scheduled for release in late 2015. For more information on the EAR Program, please contact David Kuehn, 202-493-3414, email@example.com; for more information on the workshop topic, please contact Ed Strocko, 202-366-2997, Ed.Strocko@dot.gov.
On December 3, 2013, at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, FHWA ‘s EAR Program and Office of Infrastructure R&D hosted a workshop on Advances in Concrete Research. The workshop provided a forum for discussing innovative concrete research, presentations of research in progress, and discussions of opportunities and continued research gaps. For more information on the EAR Program, contact David Kuehn, 202-493-3414, firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information on the workshop topic, contact Richard Meininger, 202-493-3191, email@example.com.
On July 9-10, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, FHWA and the Transportation Research Board cosponsored the National Congestion Pricing Conference. The conference was designed to raise the awareness, advance the state of the practice, and identify potential research and technology transfer needs related to congestion pricing deployment strategies in the United States. The conference explored results from the six Urban Partnership and Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program projects. Innovative projects and studies implemented under the Value Pricing Pilot Program was also examined. In addition, speakers presented the results of travel behavior surveys conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Seattle, Washington. Karen White of FHWA discussed the Exploratory Advanced Research project on Congestion Pricing Experimental and Behavioral Economics; highlighting the use of these new tools for highway research. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.etouches.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=63209&.
During the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Multimedia and Expo held in San Jose, California, from July 15 to 19, 2013, an IEEE/National Science Foundation Workshop on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP4VIP) was presented. It was led by the principle investigator for an FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research project on "Intelligent Situation Awareness and Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired Persons." The workshop brought researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines (computer vision, neuroscience, multimedia computing, sensor technologies, and assistive technology applications) together to discuss fundamental issues in visual perception, computational intelligence, neuroscience, and visual prosthesis for helping blind and visually impaired people and people working in visually challenged environments. The workshop provided the multimedia community a better understanding of human perception, human brain, and human-machine interaction issues for assisting visually impaired and challenged individuals. Specific topics include computer vision, sensing, and learning algorithms; visual prostheses and human-computer interaction; and neuroscience/biomechanical/psychological/societal studies. Mohammed Yousuf, FHWA, served on the program committee for this workshop and can be reached at 202-493-3199, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see http://www.icme2013.org/workshops.php.